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Tech & ScienceApple’s new Mac Pro will be assembled in China, not the US

06:10  29 june  2019
06:10  29 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The previous Mac Pro has been assembled in a plant in Austin, Texas since 2013. Then, as Apple let the Mac Pro languish by failing to update it with new parts, US production dwindled, and the Journal reports that the Texas plant largely moved on to building products for other companies.

Apple ’ s new Mac Pro computer, the company’s last major device to be produced in the US , will now apparently be manufactured in China . An Apple spokesperson defended the move, telling the Wall Street Journal that the company assembles products in 30 US states , and last year spent billion

Apple’s new Mac Pro will be assembled in China, not the US © Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge

Apple’s new Mac Pro will be built in China, unlike the previous model that’s been assembled in a plant in Austin, Texas since 2013, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The vast majority of Apple products are manufactured in China, so it’s not entirely surprising to see Apple shift production overseas. But it comes at a fraught time, as the tech industry faces the prospect of 25 percent tariffs on imports from China, and could have political implications for a company that President Trump has regularly called out for not making products in the US.

When Apple announced its previous generation of the Mac Pro, it made a big deal about the fact that the computer would be assembled in the US. Ahead of the announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it was something Apple had been working “for a long time” to make happen. “We’re really proud of it,” he said.

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The publication says Apple ’ s new 00+ Mac Pro will be manufactured by Quanta, the plant which also makes many of Apple ’ s MacBook models. It is cheaper to assemble in China as other components of the computer are made nearby, resulting in lower shipping costs than if Apple tried to

The current Mac Pro is Apple ' s only major hardware product manufactured in the United States , with all others assembled by Chinese contractors, such as Quanta The housing features a unique lattice pattern to maximize airflow. Apple says the new Mac Pro will be released in the fall, starting at ,999.

But the training and custom tools required to make the Mac Pros slowed production, creating bottlenecks when there was high demand. Then, as Apple let the Mac Pro languish by failing to update it with new parts, US production dwindled, and the Journal reports that the Texas plant largely moved on to building products for other companies.

Apple seems to have been planning for years to move assembly on the new Mac Pro to China. Bloomberg reported in 2016 that the manufacturing challenges experienced with US production made engineers want to move back, so that they’d have access to cheaper and more advanced manufacturing capabilities available there.

Apple told the Journal that the new Mac Pro will still have some US-made components and that it supports manufacturing in 30 US states with its spending on suppliers. “Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process,” an Apple spokesperson said.

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